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Representatives of the Taupo Community Garden Trust were commended for their excellent initiative and have been given permission to establish a community garden in Richmond Heights on a trial basis.
Taupo’s TKMP Committee was unanimous in approving the trial use of land on the Waipahihi Sportsground Reserve behind the Lakeland Bowling and Sports Club for a community garden. If successful a formal licence for the garden for a five year term will be considered.
Amanda Green from the Trust said she had been overwhelmed by offers of assistance and enquiries by many community groups wanting to help and get involved in the community garden. “We have had so many people contact us: kindergartens, both high schools, the police, and employment agencies to name just a few.”
TKMP Chairman Kathryn Uvhagen said this initiative is one that she has supported for many years and she was very pleased to see it going ahead. “There are many successful community gardens around the country and it will be great to see one here in Taupo. People are very generous and want to help others less fortunate than themselves.”
She said there would need to be discussions with the current leaseholders, the Lakeland Bowling and Sports Club, and public consultation will be required under the Reserves Act before a formal licence for the garden can be granted.